NIFA Invests $10 Million for Food Safety Outreach, Training and Education

The Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, NIFA, announced this week a $10 million food safety investment. The investment funds 21 grants to develop and implement food safety and Food Safety Modernization Act-related training, education, extension outreach and technical assistance for food processors and farmers with small to mid-size operations. NIFA Director […]

WSDA Launches Grant Program To Help Ag Businesses

Last week, the Washington state Department of Agriculture announced it was offering grants to small agriculture-related businesses that have suffered economically due to the pandemic, and have been left out of earlier relief programs. The WSDA’s Laura Raymond said the Relief and Recovery grants are a joint effort with the state Department of Commerce, are […]

USDA Grants Look To Help Rural Communities

Two key parts of rural communities and economies are the focus of a USDA grant program which recently offered a second opportunity for funding applications. Rod Bain has more. If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

USDA To Invest Millions Improving Oregon Water Quality

USDA will invest $56 million this year to help Ag producers improve water quality in more than 300 high-priority watersheds across the country. In Oregon, NRCS will continue its landscape-level water quality efforts using the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI). NRCS launched NWQI in 2012 as a partnership among NRCS, state water quality agencies and the U.S. […]

Reclamation Awards Grants To Local Districts

Earlier this week, the Bureau of Reclamation announced that two Columbia Basin irrigation districts have been awarded grant money to help conserve water.  The East Columbia Basin Irrigation District and Quincy-Columbia Basin Irrigation District will split $600,000 in grants from the WaterSMART Program.   Reclamation said the Quincy-Columbia Basin Irrigation District plans to surround 8,750 […]